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Oxford Law Faculty

Due to the new national lockdown imposed by the Government on 4 January 2021, we are putting on hold for the time being the processing of new visitor applications pending further notice.


Anyone intending to submit an application for a research stay at the Institute in due course should note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, we have much more limited space available for academic visitors than is usually the case. We would request therefore that applicants be as flexible as possible with the proposed dates to visit.

Visitor applications that have already been approved by our Management Committee are unaffected, though the exact dates of the research stay may need to be readjusted in light of the evolving situation.   

The Institute welcomes Visiting Academics of postdoctoral status who have a self-directed project of research in the fields of European and/or comparative law which can be pursued in Oxford within the period which can be offered (normally up to six months, although most of our visitors come for shorter periods). Graduate students are not eligible for this programme.

In the selection of Visiting Academics, priority will be given to applicants whose work is more closely related to the research interests of other members of the Institute and of members of the wider Faculty working in areas of European and comparative law, so that Visitors may be better integrated into the Institute and the Faculty during their visit.

Visiting Academics are expected to participate in the academic and research community of the Institute, including (if asked to do so) making a presentation of their research at a seminar, discussion group or an informal meeting of the Institute’s staff.

Although no stipend or administrative support can be offered, Visiting Academics are usually provided with a workspace and use of a computer. Visiting Academics have access to the Bodleian Law Library and are entitled to attend any seminars and lectures organised by the Institute, the Law Faculty and the University.

Applications are considered by the Institute’s Committee of Management which meets once every term, usually in November, February and May. Applicants should complete the application form (below) and send or email it to the Institute’s Administrator along with a curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research (with an indication of why they wish to conduct this research in Oxford, and in particular the Institute), two references and an indication of possible dates. Informal enquiries can also be addressed to the Administrator in the first instance.

Application Form

Applications can be sent at any time during the year but in order to be considered by the Management Committee at its meetings in November, February or May, they must be submitted by:

  • 20 October
  • 20 January
  • 20 April


Please note that the Institute is unable to help Academic Visitors find accommodation in Oxford nor is it able to make applications for visas although it will provide the necessary documentation confirming a stay. Appropriate visas must be obtained before arrival. For useful information regarding the type of visa you need to apply for a visit, please read this Leaflet.